Date
21 October 2017
In a Facebook post earlier this month, Wang Dan urged the student protesters to "embrace freedom in the rainstorm". Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
In a Facebook post earlier this month, Wang Dan urged the student protesters to "embrace freedom in the rainstorm". Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

No chance to win if protests are ended now: Wang Dan

There will be no chance for the Occupy protesters to win if they choose to end their campaign now, said Wang Dan, one of the student leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

“In the current situation of the movement, the Hong Kong government remains passive,” Wang told RTHK in an interview. “Although there are not many protesters during daytime, the government cannot clear the Occupy areas as such move will only invite a hundred thousand people to go out into the streets at night.”

The government has no way to disperse the crowds unless it calls in the army, Wang said. However, such a possibility is less than 40 percent.

Therefore, if the students continue to strengthen their ranks and stay calm, they have a greater chance of winning than the government, he said.

If they show that their determination is waning, there’s a bigger chance that the movement will fail, he said.

“Protesters should not be in a hurry to resolve the deadlock, which is created by the Hong Kong and central governments,” Wang said. “If Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying cannot resolve the problem, he will bear the responsibility of a malfunction of his administration.”

The various parties in the pan-democratic camp should work together and create synergy, instead of letting the students and other protesters go it alone on the streets, Wang said, adding that the pan-democrats should expand their non-cooperation movement.

On Oct. 26, Wang wrote a public letter to the students participating in the Occupy campaign, sharing his experience in democratic movements over the last 25 years.

He said the students have already won, no matter what the outcome of the street protests. The Occupy movement has become an important chapter in Hong Kong’s quest for democracy.

The protesters may not be able to get what they want, but they should stay positive and resilient in case the movement fails, Wang said.

Some media reported that Wang expects the movement will fail, but Wang clarified on his Facebook page that his comments were misquoted.

He said protesters should continue with the Occupy campaign, otherwise there’s no chance for them to win.

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